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Wed July 17 2019

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Sub-contractor Pay Trends April 2018

Hudson Contract delivers the most accurate indications of pay trends across the construction industry, using payroll data for over 2,200 construction companies to publish the average pay for a spectrum of 17 different trades now split across ten regions.

April tends never to be a particularly profitable month for subbies and this year is no exception. Earnings are slightly down – by an average of 2.3% or £19 a week – due largely to the two Easter bank holidays and associated school holidays.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield observes: “It’s a reminder that while freelancers can choose when to take time off, unlike their PAYE counterparts, there’s no entitlement to holiday pay. The slight silver lining is that earnings nationally are still modestly higher than they were this time last year.”

National Weekly Average Earnings April 2018: £813

Region April 2018 Change from March 2018
North East £710.00 +0.70%
North West £709.00 -3.81%
Yorkshire & Humber £778.00 +1.54%
East Midlands £823.00 -4.50%
West Midlands £872.00 -2.18%
Wales £731.00 -4.65%
East of England £861.00 -3.83%
London £817.00 -2.08%
South East £806.00 -2.23%
South West £748.00 +0.27%

This month’s winning trades:

  • Plastering: +2.59%

Leading the way for the second month in a row

  • Roofing: +2.22%

Gains in the North-East

  • Scaffolding & Lifting: +0.80%

National demand continues

And the losers:

  • Insulation: -8.78%

Feeling the chill for the second successive month

  • Plumbing: -6.18%

But still above £1,000 per week on average

  • Electrical: -5.90%

Average weekly earnings also £1,000+

Meanwhile, the latest CIPS/IHS Markit UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index rose sharply in April to its highest level for five months, indicating renewed confidence and expansion. House building, in particular, has rebounded to the strongest seen in the past two-and-a-half years.

“Commercial and civil engineering have also returned to modest levels of growth,” Ian Anfield adds. “That’s encouraging, when you consider huge projects like Crossrail have come to an end and not been replaced by new work. In fact, what I think we’re seeing for the industry as a whole at the moment is a slowdown in London and the surrounding areas while the rest of the country remains strong.”

A further set of construction statistics have also been released by the Government. These show a 2.7% contraction between January and March, reflecting the Carillion bankruptcy and the impact of the ‘Beast from the East’.

Hudson Contract’s ‘Window on the Construction Industry’ gives you hard figures and data that is not available from any other source, with pay averages that reflect the amounts paid by a sample number of businesses – large and small – to specific trades during April 2018.

North East

NORTH EAST Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £735 £767 £768 £790
ELECTRICAL £480 £687 £548 £601
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £585 £555 £516 £555
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £653 £700 £685 £672
INSULATION £810 £826 £754 £671
PLASTERING £688 £679 £648 £596
ROOFING £745 £721 £887 £1,110
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £345 £421 £382 £406
SHOP FITTING £752 £753 £707 £677
SPECIALIST TRADES £690 £510 £545 £517
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £576 £634 £576 £612

North West

NORTH WEST Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £705 £674 £661 £688
CIVIL ENGINEERING £675 £737 £700 £689
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £788 £793 £787 £644
ELECTRICAL £764 £827 £841 £771
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £728 £794 £719 £672
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £782 £803 £786 £726
INSULATION £996 £1,217 £902 £808
JOINERY £729 £781 £753 £773
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £979 £1,337 £1,453 £1,212
PLASTERING £481 £573 £626 £581
PLUMBING £761 £667 £730 £695
ROOFING £814 £828 £734 £782
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £524 £562 £567 £550
SHOP FITTING £1,124 £1,068 £1,065 £949
SPECIALIST TRADES £805 £823 £835 £784
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £660 £964 £686 £794
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £636 £688 £686 £641

Yorkshire & Humber

YORKSHIRE & HUMBER Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £651 £690 £674 £689
CIVIL ENGINEERING £736 £763 £696 £742
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £484 £434 £428 £421
ELECTRICAL £767 £862 £876 £813
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £810 £861 £822 £927
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £725 £788 £754 £744
JOINERY £828 £846 £797 £681
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £825 £916 £894 £942
PLASTERING £694 £703 £715 £713
PLUMBING £606 £654 £648 £613
ROOFING £667 £743 £681 £702
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £483 £554 £494 £557
SHOP FITTING £1,233 £1,194 £1,290 £1,334
SPECIALIST TRADES £825 £936 £901 £942
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £887 £959 £920 £1,010
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £702 £813 £813 £781

East Midlands

EAST MIDLANDS Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £747 £800 £754 £750
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £727 £727 £724 £699
ELECTRICAL £1,045 £968 £1,057 £1,008
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £804 £1,009 £1,025 £828
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £905 £1,081 £1,021 £950
INSULATION £727 £748 £733 £723
JOINERY £769 £759 £749 £821
PLASTERING £665 £678 £647 £656
PLUMBING £891 £950 £933 £929
ROOFING £898 £872 £756 £837
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £663 £781 £781 £784
SHOP FITTING £1,102 £1,199 £1,028 £1,104
SPECIALIST TRADES £853 £862 £799 £772
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £890 £1,214 £883 £896
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £736 £849 £810 £781

West Midlands

WEST MIDLANDS Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £337 £327 £377 £421
CIVIL ENGINEERING £771 £936 £886 £873
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £585 £685 £636 £556
ELECTRICAL £969 £1,150 £1,183 £1,120
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £781 £859 £827 £809
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £804 £854 £841 £804
INSULATION £740 £701 £762 £672
JOINERY £699 £1,245 £1,240 £1,109
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £954 £1,549 £1,682 £1,438
PLASTERING £621 £616 £592 £738
PLUMBING £1,177 £1,283 £1,195 £1,171
ROOFING £528 £622 £568 £584
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £553 £1,148 £1,050 £955
SHOP FITTING £1,072 £1,271 £1,545 £1,317
SPECIALIST TRADES £659 £998 £876 £913
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £608 £744 £789 £787

Wales

WALES Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
CIVIL ENGINEERING £752 £734 £718 £692
ELECTRICAL £602 £641 £688 £985
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £1,234 £1,172 £1,253 £1,312
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £832 £820 £890 £803
JOINERY £519 £548 £520 £530
PLASTERING £1,200 £1,270 £1,180 £1,110
PLUMBING £787 £856 £787 £752
ROOFING £562 £411 £506 £443
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £728 £737 £677 £670
SPECIALIST TRADES £611 £675 £799 £695
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £849 £783 £708 £735
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £711 £1,183 £1,218 £1,097

East of England

EAST OF ENGLAND Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £705 £772 £748 £685
CIVIL ENGINEERING £794 £851 £802 £790
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £761 £675 £667 £651
ELECTRICAL £1,091 £1,357 £1,349 £1,242
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £972 £879 £894 £937
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £831 £895 £869 £858
INSULATION £923 £1,299 £1,244 £1,113
JOINERY £1,194 £1,222 £1,273 £1,051
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,039 £1,215 £1,126 £996
PLASTERING £915 £838 £878 £917
PLUMBING £1,024 £1,273 £1,296 £1,207
ROOFING £654 £740 £712 £728
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £763 £859 £802 £805
SHOP FITTING £1,023 £1,371 £1,343 £1,117
SPECIALIST TRADES £856 £871 £885 £800
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £767 £703 £771 £686
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £620 £703 £644 £655

London

LONDON Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £657 £746 £724 £745
CIVIL ENGINEERING £728 £805 £748 £732
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £583 £609 £791 £1,012
ELECTRICAL £949 £1,030 £1,031 £1,049
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £796 £1,000 £750 £857
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £793 £941 £909 £889
INSULATION £832 £981 £1,006 £995
JOINERY £1,157 £1,136 £1,109 £1,042
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,038 £1,192 £1,180 £1,116
PLASTERING £945 £1,267 £1,408 £1,378
PLUMBING £1,020 £1,048 £1,060 £989
ROOFING £712 £655 £715 £719
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £1,036 £1,106 £1,058 £1,065
SHOP FITTING £720 £909 £774 £872
SPECIALIST TRADES £854 £1,028 £1,020 £957
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £750 £817 £670 £578
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £547 £632 £460 £425

South East

SOUTH EAST Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £662 £699 £708 £682
CIVIL ENGINEERING £698 £768 £720 £715
DEMOLITION & WRECKING £923 £1,216 £1,113 £1,099
ELECTRICAL £1,048 £1,228 £1,243 £1,143
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £967 £866 £848 £749
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £773 £823 £797 £774
INSULATION £667 £726 £845 £713
JOINERY £946 £1,030 £988 £956
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £1,112 £1,163 £1,101 £1,150
PLASTERING £703 £681 £664 £773
PLUMBING £1,066 £1,080 £1,036 £999
ROOFING £681 £747 £692 £674
SCAFFOLDING & LIFTING £701 £793 £743 £768
SHOP FITTING £1,015 £1,247 £1,211 £1,205
SPECIALIST TRADES £758 £787 £781 £723
STEEL & TIMBER FRAME ERECTION £689 £792 £730 £721
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £790 £909 £729 £750

South West

SOUTH WEST Jan-18 Feb-18 Mar-18 Apr-18
BRICKLAYING £450 £1,216 £1,417 £1,552
CIVIL ENGINEERING £635 £701 £652 £649
ELECTRICAL £733 £778 £764 £754
EQUIPMENT & OPERATOR HIRE £528 £524 £485 £530
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION £863 £869 £791 £830
INSULATION £1,023 £1,319 £1,279 £1,215
JOINERY £1,088 £1,099 £1,059 £1,074
MECHANICAL & ENGINEERING £614 £633 £631 £589
PLASTERING £734 £751 £743 £741
PLUMBING £1,434 £1,446 £1,044 £1,133
ROOFING £787 £790 £802 £785
SPECIALIST TRADES £959 £1,035 £1,024 £1,052
SURFACING CONTRACTORS £620 £657 £631 £574